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August 15th, 2007

August 15th, 2007
03:51 pm

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From bna.com's newsletter:

COURT ORDERS MYSPACE INJUNCTION AGAINST SANFORD WALLACE
A federal district court issued an injunction against frequent spam defendant Sanford Wallace. MySpace sued Wallace on account of some 400,000 messages sent through, and 890,000 comments posted on, MySpace. Coverage at
<http://tinyurl.com/22o8d5> [Spam Notes]
Decision at
http://spamnotes.com/files/31236-29497/MySpace_Injunction.pdf

U.S. TO EXPAND DOMESTIC USE OF SPY SATELLITES
The U.S.'s top intelligence official has greatly expanded the range of federal and local authorities who can get access to information from the nation's vast network of spy satellites in the U.S. The decision, made three months ago by Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell, places for the first time some of the U.S.'s most powerful intelligence-gathering tools at the disposal of domestic security officials.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118714764716998275.html

STUDY FINDS FACEBOOK USERS EXPOSE PERSONAL INFO TO STRANGERS
Some Facebook Inc. users are exposing personal information to strangers, increasing their risks of identity theft, virus attacks or other problems, according to a study to be released today. Sophos PLC, a computer-security firm, found 41% of Facebook users were willing to divulge personal information -- such as phone numbers, home addresses and email addresses -- to a complete stranger.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118705987780496951.html

USIIA CLAIMS NET NEUTRALITY COULD HARM E-HEALTH PLANS
The U.S. Internet Industry Association (USIIA), a 13-year-old trade association that represents "companies engaged in Internet commerce, content and connectivity" has issued a report that claims that e-health initiatives could be derailed unless U.S. policymakers reject calls for Net neutrality regulations.
http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-9759570-7.html
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From the marginalrevtion LiveJournal link:
Surprising evidence on the Flynn Effect
http://www.marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2007/08/surprising-evid.html
1. Non-verbal IQ has risen more rapidly than has verbal IQ.
2. Performance gains are smallest on the most culturally specific tests, and largest on the most abstract tests.
3. Performance gains, as they occur over time, are roughly constant for all age groups.
4. Problem-solving abilities have seen the biggest performance gains.
5. Gains on the "Ravens" test started occurring before the TV era, much less the computer game era.
#3 is perhaps the biggest surprise to me, as it contradicts most of the obvious explanations for the Flynn effect.
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From http://eurekalert.org:

Public Release: 15-Aug-2007
Journal of Urban Health
Most flu shot plans do not address how to vaccinate hard-to-reach populations
Most flu immunization plans in the United States do not address how to vaccinate hard-to-reach populations -- undocumented immigrants, substance users, the homeless, homebound elderly, and minorities -- and this potentially dangerous omission can lead masses of people to become ill during an outbreak of pandemic flu or other contagious disease, according to a new study by the New York Academy of Medicine in the current issue of the Journal of Urban Health.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-08/nyao-mfs081507.php

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From http://eurekalert.org:

Public Release: 15-Aug-2007
Journal of Neuroscience
Nicotinic receptors may be important targets for treatment of multiple addictions
Researchers discovered that rats most likely to self-administer addictive drugs had a particular receptor in the brain that is more responsive than the same receptor in rats least likely to self-administer addictive drugs. This receptor, known as the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, increases excitability within in the brain's reward centers. In the animals that were more likely to take addictive drugs, the effects of these receptors were much stronger, leading to more profound excitation of the cells and pathways associated with reward.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Brain Research Foundation
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-08/uocm-nrm081507.php

Public Release: 15-Aug-2007
Asian-American Psychological Association Meeting
Marital violence among Asian-American couples
UC-Davis researchers identify three factors that predict marital violence in Asian-American couples, independent of marital distress.
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=8289

Public Release: 15-Aug-2007
American Psychological Association 115th Annual Convention
Toddlers are capable of introspection
Preschoolers are aware of their own thought processes, UC-Davis psychologists demonstrate.
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=8287

Public Release: 15-Aug-2007
American Psychological Association 115th Annual Convention
What makes a great movie?
UC-Davis psychologist Dean Simonton has analyzed thousands of films to get at the formula for critical acclaim and box-office success.
http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=8290

Public Release: 15-Aug-2007
Cancer Research
First biomarker discovered that predicts prostate cancer outcome
Mayo Clinic researchers have identified the first immune molecule that appears to play a role in prostate cancer development and in predicting cancer recurrence and progression after surgery.
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, Commonwealth Foundation for Cancer Research, Helen and Martin Kimmel Foundation, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Defense
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-08/mc-fbd081307.php

Public Release: 15-Aug-2007
Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Relapse from antidepressant medication may be lack of response to medication in the first place
A new study by Rhode Island Hospital researchers indicates that a relapse during antidepressant continuation treatment may be due to a relapse in patients who were not true drug responders. The loss of drug response may be due to loss of placebo response.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-08/l-rfa081307.php

Public Release: 14-Aug-2007
Psychological Science
Why we are unable to distinguish faces of other races (and sometimes our own)
There's a troubling psychological phenomenon that just about everyone has experienced but few will admit to; having difficulty distinguishing between people of different racial groups. New research suggests this effect arises from our tendency to categorize people into in-groups and out-groups based on social categories like social class, hobbies, and of course, race.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-08/afps-wwa081407.php

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07:16 pm

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Tuesday August 14, 2007. Returned books to Walker Library. It's no longer the nearest branch, but it's the easiest to get to.

Took out: Alma Alexander, Gift of the Unmage; Justine Labalestier, Magic Lessons; Ursula K. Le Guin, Changing Planes.

The first two have these things in common:

They involve synesthesia.
They're fantasy, but shelved in Young Adult rather than SciFi.

***Typo which should be a placename: "Celebratino of Women Writers"
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Sometimes it seems bad countries come with long names. North Korea is "People's Democratic Republic of Korea", Libya is "Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya", and the like. But on the other hand, there's plenty of counter-examples -- it's the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" and "Republic of Cuba", after all. Do long names with good-sounding adjectives correspond with non-democratic governments?
http://socialscienceplusplus.blogspot.com/2007/08/its-all-in-name-kingdom-of-norway-vs.html
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Writing:
Self help information:
Decluttering:
Selfwork:

Current Location: Minneapolis, Baja Manitoba

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